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Tri-State Polygraph Conference

Date: September 29, 2021

Registration Notice

We want to thank everyone for supporting the GPA and the Tri-State Polygraph Conference. We are excited to announce that our registration threshold is quickly being filled, but a few spots are still available. To confirm available space, contact the GPA Treasurer Don Berecz via email at Additionally, our website will be updated should registration have to be closed.

The GPA is proud to host this year's Tri-State Polygraph Conference from September 29 - October 1st at the Hotel Tybee in Tybee Island, GA. Instructors include Steve Duncan, Mark Handler, and Erika Thiel.

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Tri-State Conference COVID-19 Update

There have been several inquiries about how the Georgia Polygraph Association (GPA) is going to address the current COVID-19 variants issue during the Tri-State Polygraph Conference. The GPA, in concert with Hotel Tybee, will be disinfecting the conference center accordingly. The GPA recognizes and will adhere to the current CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings as pragmatically as possible. There will be a limited number of masks available for those that wish to wear a mask and hand sanitizer will also be made available. We are all well familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 and would ask that anyone displaying these symptoms not attend training for the day and should re-evaluate each day. Temperatures will be taken at the door every morning and after lunch with a digital no-touch thermometer before entering the conference center. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed into the conference center for training.

In order to assist potential attendees in assessing risks associated with COVID-19, the GPA recommends visiting the CDC website for information and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control. While these are recommendations and are not mandatory, the GPA encourages each individual attending the conference to review and consider this information and recommendations in determining whether they wish to attend the conference and, if they attend, the personal steps available to mitigate COVID infection and transmission.

Hotel Information

Hotel Tybee
1401 Strand Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Phone: 912-786-7777

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Wednesday, September 29th
08:00-09:45: Countermeasure research (2 hours) - Mark Handler
09:45-10:00: Break
10:00-11:45: Understanding base rates and reducing inconclusive results (2 hours) - Mark Handler
11:45-13:00: Lunch
13:00-14:45: ESS-Multinomial update (2 hours)
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:45: Developing Controls & Eliminating Inconclusives (2 hours) - Steve Duncan
Thursday, September 30th
08:00-09:45: Advances in PCSOT testing (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
09:45-10:00: Break
10:00-11:45: Trauma-related issues in PDD (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
11:45-13:00: Lunch
13:00-14:45: Updates on current and future PCSOT model (2 hours) - Erika Thiel
14:45-15:00: Break
15:00-16:45: APA Standards of Practice (2 hours) - Steve Duncan
16:45-17:45: GPA Member Business Meeting
Friday, October 1st
08:00-11:45 Case review, discussion, Q&A, and scoring exercise (4 hours) - Mark Handler


Steve Duncan
A former President of the Georgia Polygraph Association (GPA) and the American Polygraph Association (APA). He retired from the Georgia State Patrol and spends his time as a guest lecturer and instructor for the APA and the American International Institute of Polygraph (AIIP). He is a valuable member of the polygraph community and we are pleased to have him instructing and attending the Tri-State conference this year. Mr. Duncan will be presenting on the APA Standards of Practice and Emergency Services Pre-employment Testing.

Mark Handler
The current Editor for the American Polygraph Association publication and is highly considered to be a leader in the field of polygraph research. He is a former law enforcement polygraphist and is a polygraph and credibility assessment instructor. He has written and co- authored approximately 70 peer-reviewed articles pertaining to credibility assessment. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Handler as one of our talented and knowledgeable instructors for this year's conference. Mr. Handler will be providing instruction regarding ESS-Multinomial scoring, Countermeasure Research, and Understanding Base Rates & Reducing Inconclusive Results.

Erika Thiel
A Board Member with the APA and serves as the Chair of the APA PCSOT Committee. She is a licensed clinical therapist and polygraph program manager, specializing in Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT). Ms. Thiel will be leading instruction on the latest PCSOT trends and recommendations, the PCSOT model, advances in PCSOT testing, and trauma-related issues in PDD.

Posted: September 7, 2021

Contact Information

Postal Address

Georgia Polygraph Association
Attn: John Sweat
8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Douglasville, GA 30134


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